#1
Hi there,

I've owned an Epiphone Les Paul Custom since Christmas, though for at least the last 4 months the neck pickup has been incredibly quieter than the bridge. Until now it hadn't really bothered me, but as I'm learning more lead and solo pieces it seems more important to use the neck pickup. Anyway, I have no idea why it doesn't work properly. It hasn't been altered, the guitar has never been dropped or knocked about- it just went quiet.

By quiet, I mean that I have to turn the amp up to 5 to get it to sound the same volume as the bridge pickup would be on 1.

Any suggestions as to what is wrong, and a fix?
#2
it's probably not too low, unless it fell in or something.


most likely the switch is dirty or faulty.

try flick back and forth, see if the volume fluctuates.
if it does then spray compressed air into the switch while flicking.
you can find some at a computer store.

there's also a chance that a connection to the pup or switch is loose. you can try opening up the cavity to check, but on epis, it's very common for the switch to be a little shoddy.
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#3
First thing you need to check is that there are no loose connections inside the guitar, from the pickup to the pots.

Usually I'd suggest raising the neck pickup, but that shouldn't account for that much of a volume difference.

If it's not any of that, the pickup is just dying and needs replacing.
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#4
it's probably not too low, unless it fell in or something.

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Come to think of it, the neck pickup is a heckuva lot lower than the bridge. Could this simply be it?
#5
Is the volume for the pickup turned all the way up?
But seriously either it's the switch, a connection, or the pickup's dead.
First you should try what jj1565 said about the switch, then check for loose connections.
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Come to think of it, the neck pickup is a heckuva lot lower than the bridge. Could this simply be it?

You can try raising it, but i doubt that that's the problem
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#6
It seems like the volume difference is too much to simply be due to pickup height, but it's definitely worth checking.
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#8
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First thing you need to check is that there are no loose connections inside the guitar, from the pickup to the pots.

Usually I'd suggest raising the neck pickup, but that shouldn't account for that much of a volume difference.

If it's not any of that, the pickup is just dying and needs replacing.
Why do people think that this happens? A pickup does not just die and show signs of dying on the way out.
#9
OK, maybe I worded it badly. Perhaps I should just say "faulty".
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#11
Alright, I'm back.

I'd often wondered why my pickup selector switch wasn't "straight", it was somewhat angled rather than pointing straight towards rhythm/treble. So I loosened the nut thing and moved it back the way it should be, and depending how it was positioned, the neck pickup would work. It took a lot of jiggling around to get it right, and once I'd tightened the nut again, I'd lost it.

So anyway, it looks like a problem with the switch wiring. Thanks for the help guys, I'll try and get it fixed